How are tumors of the facial nerve or parotid gland differentiated from Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Recurrent ipsilateral facial paralysis must raise the suspicion of a tumor of the facial nerve or parotid gland. Tumors in the temporal bone, such as facial nerve neuromas, meningiomas, hemangiomas, and malignant primary and metastatic lesions, should be considered as well.


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